The Spot, Leiostomus xanthurus, is a favorite among shallow water anglers in many areas of the Atlantic coast.
They inhabit estuarine and coastal waters from the Gulf of Maine to Mexico. They can be found in sandy or muddy shallow waters during the summer then move offshore in the winter.
Spot have short bodies that are grayish-silver with golden reflections along the upper sides. They have between 12 & 15 wavy dark lines running from the dorsal fin to below the lateral line.
A prominent black spot is located behind the gill cover. They grow up to 14 inches, but a typical size ranges from 7 to 10 inches.
Spot feed on crustaceans, worms and small fish. They concentrate in large schools nearshore. They can be caught from piers, bridges, jetties, the surf and small boats.
Most anglers use a two hook bottom rig baited with shrimp pieces, blood worms or squid.
They are a tasty fish and after cleaning and removing the heads they are often fried whole and served piping hot.